This was a very short trip during school break. I decided to visit relatives in Fort Lauderdale area for only three days with my daughter in tow. I did not want to stay in Miami or Fort Lauderdale proper. I thought this Hampton Inn would be a good choice and it was. But it is not near the beach so don't let the name fool you. The Hotel is on US 1 which will take you to Miami or Fort Lauderdale. There are shops all around the area for those that want to spend time in malls and chasing bargains. I wanted to get a quick exploration of the area in preparation for future travel.
The Hotel location requires a car. Miami Beach is not far by car, neither is Sawgrass mall which is the largest I have seen so far. The hotel is clean. Front desk was friendly and hospitable with a no hassle check in. Rooms are typical Hampton Inn - but nicer - with a fridge and microwave. I stayed on the even side on an upper floor so we could see the horse track from the room. Yes there is a race track minutes away with a casino attached.
For food, there is a Whole Foods market down the street which was great for quick buffet bites cheap. Restaurants are all around. We visited south beach for part of the day, Little Havana and Calle Ocho (interesting but not compelling), the MIami Zoo (far away and bring walking shoes and be prepared for a long but interesting walk or rent the bike like trolley - a must if you have kids), Miami Beach, Hollywood Beach and Pembrook Pine mall and Sawgrass mall. All in a few days with a centrally located hotel, a rental car and a GPS for directions. This Hampton Inn is a good base for days of exploration. Families can't go wrong with this. Breakfast - oh well - usual fare - scrammbled eggs, sausage and the usual muffins, fruit, yogurt and coffee. 20 minutes to/from the airport by car but no shuttle service. Plus free internet and parking.
Don't forget you are not in Miami and not in Fort Lauderdale so you may face traffic jams south or north. This was not bad as I was escaping frigid weather and sitting in a car, with the windows open with the sun shining and 80 degrees in a traffic jam did not seem so bad when I compared it to the cold back home.